Posts Tagged ‘Encyclopedia of Breehah’

Learn Breehah Culture: hi’JOsi

June 17, 2017

Josi

josi native of SilonarThe josi is a ‘Chicken’-like reptilian animal, domesticated for the eggs it produces.It has been bred into subspecies that can thrive in almost any climate on the planet Silonar. Aside from their eggs, josis are best known for the loud screech they make while laying eggs.

rEEKi!, [urEEki!] the sound a josi makes.

A josi joke in breehah and English:

TOku TOku
knock knock

BOke nos?
Who is it?

BOOlah JOsi
Rude Chicken-like creature

BOOlah JO…
Rude chick…

rEEki!

Learn Breehah Culture: hi’MeTAH

June 14, 2017
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Got Milk?

The metah shown above is a native Silonarian animal, very important to their way of life. It is a source of milk (jetai), meat (legr), wool (geme), and hide (fahree), not to mention fertilizer (sahlumo.)  Given the importance of this animal in traditional breehah life, it is possibly related to metoo, the breehah word for ‘live’.

The picture above is a humorous breehah take on the popular ‘Got Milk’ campaign here on Earth. It also demonstrates what I call the ‘question’ tense of the verb, the ‘s’ on ‘hois‘.

What are the Breehah?

June 13, 2017

Breehah

breehah standingDescription: A breehah is a marsupial being native to the planet Silonar in the Pok system. It looks like a centaur-shaped dog standing at about 1.3 meters tall on all fours and has two elbow joints per arm. Its head is egg shaped with one compound eye, two trumpet-like ears and two fuzzy antennae. Below the eye is a slit-like mouth flanked on either side by a row of breathing slits. The mouth is used exclusively for eating or speaking. The antennae sense odors and indicate a few emotional states. Normally the antennae will droop slightly forward. When angry they stand straight up. When happy, they will droop forward and be turned outward. Confusion is shown by crossed antanae and sadness by forward drooping turned inward. Fear is shown by backwards leaning antennae.

History: The home planet of the breehah is Silonar, an earth-like planet with two moons. (see: Silonar below) Previous to first contact with Koplushians, the Silonarians lived in a fairly peaceful, planetwide iron age  tribal society. Their communities were agricultural and usually based around a mill/forge complex. They were pre-industrial and had no large domesticated animals. Wind and water powered mills ground their grain and powered some of the larger forges where convenient. There were no great conflicts among the breehah.

One day the singular event in the history of the breehah ocurred near the village of Mimipror’Peloo. A flying thing landed in the grain field of Greefr Mililo and a group of strange beings came out of its belly.  They walked upon only two legs and wore brighly colored skins. They called themselves ‘Koplushian’. The breehah rendered this into their language as ‘Kahpoohah.’`

The koplushians at this time were searching for resources because the planet on which they had recently settled was metal-poor.  They negotiated with the breehah and they agreed to share the minerals of their planet. However, when the breehah saw how the koplushians were mining, with no regard to the forests and other environs of the mined areas, they objected.

The koplushians ignored the protests until groups of breehah began attacking the miners. The koplushians responded militarily, and within a short time had come close to wiping out the breehah race.

With the miners had come missionaries of the Engrethy religion.  It was these missionaries who pettitioned the Koplushian authorities to stop the slaughter of the indiginous population. Public outcry on Koplushia caused a withdrawal of the military and the miners. Repairs were made by the koplushians to the areas affected by the strip mining operations, and koplushian medical technology was offered to help the breehah re-populate their world. The planet Silonar was placed under Protected Status for a time.

Some time later, communication between Koplushia and Silonar was reestablished, The breehah are left to use as much or as little technology from the Koplushian Alliance as they desire.

Culture: Just previous to the breehah first contact with the koplushians they were living in harmony with each other in collections of villages at the technology level of Earth’s European rennaisance. They had such advantages as efficient sewage systems and effective herbal medicine. The breehah homeworld has no draft animals, so any haulage was done with carts which they either  pushed or pulled themselves. Many regions had the benefit of canal systems to transport bulk goods, but again, the canal boats were pulled by breehah, not draft animals.

The contact and conflict with the Koplushians nearly destroyed every vestige of the traditional Breehah way of life. In many areas of the planet an image of that lifestyle still exists, but the three large spaceports established on Silonar are surrounded by urban areas where the traditional lifestyle is now impossible.

Modern breehah still live in family groups, the parents supporting the offspring until they can support themselves. Their dwellings are usually dome-shaped, permanent structures, built partially underground.  Their furnishings are sparse, consisting of floor cushions and low tables. The breehah sit on their haunches much as a dog would. They wear clothing only when necesary for their occupation or decorum. The breehah are considered citizens of the Koplushian Alliance and are free to travel to any world in Alliance space. These cosmopolitan breehah are sometimes held at arm’s length by their home-world brethren.

Beliefs/Religion: From the earliest times, the breehah had a belief system based on nature signs. There were various spirits named among the tribes which were said to be responsible for the weather, phases of the moons, eclipses, comets, etc. By the time just previous to first contact with the koplushians, many of these belifs had been moved to the background, a code of ethics having supplemented it as the more tribal societies evolved into town based communities.

(to be continued)

soofeeMusic: The traditional musical instrument of the Breehah generally is the double-barrel flute called the soofee. Some percussion instruments are also used such as the drum (koomaa) and singing bow (footihor). The breehah also sing or chant impromptu melodies, both for pleasure, entertainment and ceremonially.

Language: Before contact with the Koplushians, the breehah spoke many languages. It was said they had as many languages as tribes. In the time where towns were being established, several common languages evolved. They likely began as pidgeon tongues, but each covered a large region of Silonar. Many of the smaller languages died out through disuse as tribes became less isolated and began speaking whichever language gave them the best advantage in trade or negotiations.

After the contact with Koplushians, only a handful  of the minor languages survived. Through mutual agreement, the breehah decided to teach the widest used common language among themselves. A few attempts were made (at the urgings of the Engrethist missionaries) to simplify the grammar of the language. In the end, perhaps the largest impact on the language of the breehah was the regular verb tenses and the change from a base eight  numbering system to the base ten system, and the renaming of the basic numerals.

[Article excerpt from the Rigooboik’so breehah, Encyclopedia of Breehah.]

Encyclopedia of Breehah : Famapehaa

May 29, 2017

Famapehaa

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Typical Famapehaa

The famapehaa is a foot long, slug-like animal sometimes kept as a pet among the breehah. Its elastic body can attenuate to about twice its length as it moves along on a trail of slime.

The slime, called guharha in the breehah language, is edible by breehah and humans. It has a somewhat delicate sweet taste, not unlike honey and is actually packaged and sold on the breehah homeworld,Silonar.
[Article excerpt from the Rigooboik’so breehah, Encyclopedia of Breehah.]